1當那一天，耶穌從房子裏出來，坐在海邊。2 有許多人到他那裏聚集，他只得上船坐下，眾人都站在岸上。3 他用比喻對他們講許多道理，說：「有一個撒種的出去撒種；4 撒的時候，有落在路旁的，飛鳥來吃盡了；5 有落在土淺石頭地上的，土既不深，發苗最快，6 日頭出來一曬，因為沒有根，就枯乾了；7 有落在荊棘裏的，荊棘長起來，把它擠住了；8 又有落在好土裏的，就結實，有一百倍的，有六十倍的，有三十倍的。9 有耳可聽的，就應當聽！」
18 「所以，你們當聽這撒種的比喻。19 凡聽見天國道理不明白的，那惡者就來，把所撒在他心裏的奪了去；這就是撒在路旁的了。20 撒在石頭地上的，就是人聽了道，當下歡喜領受，21 只因心裏沒有根，不過是暫時的，及至為道遭了患難，或是受了逼迫，立刻就跌倒了。22 撒在荊棘裏的，就是人聽了道，後來有世上的思慮、錢財的迷惑把道擠住了，不能結實。23 撒在好地上的，就是人聽道明白了，後來結實，有一百倍的，有六十倍的，有三十倍的。」
If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here. Then focus on the following section:
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear."
18"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
1. This parable makes clear that reception of the gospel depends on the soil, that is, the condition of the recipient. In this parable, the seed and the sower are the same in each case, but the soil varies. There are many who do not respond favourably to Jesus’ message, but the few who did produced remarkable fruit.
2. The explanation (vv18-23) makes clear that there are a variety of factors hindering hearing – Satan, the lure of wealth, trouble, persecution, worries. Which soil do I belong to? How will God’s word take root in my life?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little while longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
After reading today’s passage, plant a few small seeds in a paper cup. Place it whether it will get sunshine. Keep it watered. Check on it from time to time. When the seeds come up, bring the cup back to family time to see the results, explain v8 again.